Upper Western Shore

Fishermen head out onto the Gunpowder River as each try to catch the biggest largemouth bass on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Mariner Point Park in Joppatowne, Md. "Mariner Point Park in Harford County, Maryland" by Ethan Weston is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

The Upper Western Shore region of the bay is comprised of two small inlets, the Bush River and the Gunpowder River, which enter the Bay north of Baltimore but south of the Susquehanna. Both rivers are mostly tidal and therefore brackish. The Gunpowder River is home to Maryland’s largest state park, Gunpowder Falls State Park, which includes the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls. This area is very popular for recreational activities including hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and swimming. (Based on Maryland Department of Natural Resources.)